Styling Tip

The rest of your outfit can be conservative without being boring. Go for reimagined basics like these linen field pants, a heather grey pocket tee and a hooded oxford shirt.

The Printed Plimsoll Spectrum

Prints are definitely having a moment lately, and it's not just spring florals—we're seeing designs like leopard and paisley and chevron prints in all kinds of places. Like adorning canvas plimsolls. They're not as bold as you think. Plenty come in subdued colors like navy blue, are pre-faded for a worn-in look or are balanced out by solid contrasting colors. Besides, spring and summer is an ideal time for brighter colors and louder clothes anyway—why limit the fun to just shorts, pants, and shirts? From limited-edition collaborations to reimagined classic kicks, here are few shoes worth stepping to:

 

Keds, $60

The classic Keds Champion gets done up with rawhide laces and a tan/camo color-blocked upper.

 

Jack Purcell, $70

Inspired by worn-in Aloha shirts, the Jack Purcell gets done up in a faded floral print for some subtle style.

 

Kenzo x Vans, $125

Part of Kenzo's ongoing Vans collaboration, leopard print gets a subtle blue re-interpretation.

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Pointer, $65

A patchwork denim print gives these comfortable kicks a half-camo/half-trompe l'oeil feel.

 

Fred Perry, $85

A stark white sole and navy contrast piping keep this pair of dandily-printed sneakers firmly grounded.

 

The Hill-Side x United Arrows, $170

Made from South African indigo "shwe shwe" fabric and produced at the oldest sneaker factory in Japan.

 

Published on

April 16, 2013
 

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